Postdoctoral research position open at Lincoln University, UK to study human-dog interactions. ‘A current key animal welfare concern is the increasing popularity of brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs. Despite the efforts of working groups and a number of campaigns, little progress has been made in reducing demand for this breed. This multidisciplinary study will identify how potential owners become attracted to these breeds, despite their recognised problems, and how they reconcile these issues.’
Location: Lincoln Salary: From £34,304 pro rata Please note this role is fixed term until 31 May 2023, and part time at 0.4 FTE. Closing Date: Monday 22 August 2022 Interview Date: Wednesday 31 August 2022
The Annual Conference is a highlight of the SCAS year and we hope you can join us for this exciting (online) event on 18th September 2022! This year’s SCAS Conference, ‘Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?’, will focus on the challenges of pet restrictive housing and potential solutions. It’s a great opportunity for like-minded people to come together to hear the latest science and practice on a topic that’s important to the relationship between people and pets, supporting the bond to ensure people and pets stay together. International speakers at the forefront of research, policy, and education will help us learn about the latest advances in science as well as encouraging collaboration between researchers, healthcare professionals, and housing stakeholders who play key roles in improving access to pet-friendly accommodation.
SCAS Chairman Elisabeth Ormerod presented at the Lisbon Conference on The Link (between animal abuse and violence among people), 1 July 2022.
Dr Ormerod’s presentation, titled ‘The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence: Experiences from Europe (United Kingdom, Sweden, The Netherlands) and a Pathway to Preventing Future Violence’ can viewed here (1:43:58).
In the US, 24 June 2022 is Take Your Dog to Work Day! But why not make everywhere and every day a day where your dog can come to the office with you? Research has shown that having pets in the workplace improves productivity, collaboration, and alleviates stress. Visit HARBI’s Woofice for more information and best practices to make workplaces pet friendly.
Employers are beginning to understand the importance of the human-animal bond and how pet-friendly policies can make their company more competitive. Several big US companies such as Amazon and Google already have dog-friendly office policies. To attract top talent to their company, one of London’s most prestigious law firms is also now permitting lawyers to bring their dogs to work.
Perhaps YOU could get your boss on board with this handy guide HABRI put together for businesses interested in increasing the wellbeing of their employees and their pets.
We are excited to announce that private tenants in the UK will soon have a right to keep a pet, and landlords will be able to ask for pet damage insurance. This is a win-win for the #HeadsForTails campaign in terms of the proposed changes appeasing both tenants AND landlords.
Dogs (Canis familiaris) were the first animal species to become domesticated, believed to have originated from human-friendly populations of grey wolves (Canis lupus) living on the outskirts of hunter-gather camps over 10,000 years ago. But how did these wild animals evolve into man’s best friend?
By Sandra McCune for Society for Companion Animals (SCAS).
Did you feel particularly lonely or socially isolated at times during the pandemic lockdowns? You are not alone if you did. Many people struggled with restrictions on time with friends and family and just being among people less often in their workplaces or communities. As people spent more time at home, headlines spoke of the surge in pets being acquired for company, to offset loneliness and isolation, conditions described as an epidemic of our times, and that was before COVID19 came along.
Ross Barker is a graduate student in Public Policy at Oregon State University, conducting a SCAS-funded research into pets and rental housing. If you are a letting agent, property manager, or landlord for one or more rental housing properties in England or Scotland, the team would love to interview you for their research. All input remains confidential. Participants in the research will receive a gift card with a value of £50 GBP and will also receive a summary of research results upon request. Please reach out to Ross Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be willing to share your point of view. The interviews have typically been taking 40-55 minutes. Thank you.
Participants are sought who fit
the following general criteria:
Rental housing property
managers, landlords, or letting agents
Metro areas (urban or suburban)
Have knowledge of property
policies, including those related to pets
Kris Hill and Elizabeth Ormerod from the Society for Companion Animals Studies (SCAS) highlight the issue of ‘no pet’ clauses in rental properties, temporary accommodation, and care homes, and discuss potential solutions. Guest blog on Katzenworld.